06/25/2003 11:00PM

Roar Emotion latest star for Allen


ELMONT, N.Y. - Joe Allen has raced some fine fillies over the years. There was Sharp Dance, a Beldame winner; Andover Way, who won the Top Flight; Feel the Beat, winner of the Ballerina; Just a Game, heroine of the Flower Bowl Handicap; Glitter Woman, who captured the Ashland Stakes, and others.

But he may be showing us one of his best on Saturday when Roar Emotion runs in the $300,000 Mother Goose, a nine-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

The lightly campaigned Roar Emotion, by the Forty Niner stallion Roar, has impressed in all five of her starts, including last fall's Grade 2 Demoiselle, which she won by two lengths, and her most recent appearance in Pimlico's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Preakness weekend. She has trained well here for Carlos Martin and will have the services of Jose Santos, who has a serious side as well as a Funny Cide.

Tom Mara bought Roar Emotion at the Ocala Breeders April sale of 2-year-olds for $37,000, and placed her with Jose Martin, son of Hall of Fame trainer Frank Martin.

She was the talk of New York last fall when she won her career debut by more than 10 lengths. Allen promptly made an attractive offer for her, which was accepted.

Wearing the Allen colors for the first time, Roar Emotion stumbled at the start and finished second at one mile, which set her up nicely for the Demoiselle at Aqueduct. Jose Martin's health became a problem at the end of the season and he took some time off, turning over Roar Emotion to his son Carlos.

No one ever had better preparation for training horses. Carlos Martin spent hours talking horses with his grandfather and his father and gained much experience at the barn, He launched his own stable in 1989, when he was 20, and at 22 became the youngest trainer to saddle a Grade 1 winner when Buy the Firm captured the Top Flight Handicap.

The Mother Goose, Roar Emotion's immediate objective, is the first race in a New York Racing Association series which includes the Coaching Club American Oaks at 1 1/2 miles and the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga at 1 1/4 miles. Does Roar Emotion, with her tactical speed that often has her on the lead, have the necessary stamina for a race like the CCA Oaks?

"I think she does," Carlos Martin says. "She has a kind disposition and can be rated. even on the lead. My father saddled two winners of the Coaching Club American Oaks - Lakeville Miss and Wayward Lass. I'd like to get one, too, and make it a family affair."

Summit of Speed a great concept

Calder Race Course in Miami has carved out a niche on the national racing scene with its Summit of Speed. It offers a rich menu of events for fast horses in almost every division, and horsemen throughout the country have been taking advantage of the opportunities.

As the figures keep rising each year, Calder enhances its appeal. The purses for the Princess Rooney Handicap for fillies and mares and the Smile Sprint have been increased this year to $500,000. The attractive program, to be run July 12, also features the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies and the $300,000 Carry Back for 3-year-olds.

The Calder people put in a good show with their fast horses and are to be commended for their enterprise and marketing acumen.